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    Unusual batting.

    Just when you think you have heard of every type of batting used for quilts, you learn of a new one. Recently a person told me about guana sacks. She said they washed them out and put them in the middle of the quilt. She swears it made for a very warm quilt. Has anyone else heard of this?
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    No I have never heard this.

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    I think she's referring to gunny sacks or burlap bags used for grains. Referring back to the original repurposing of clothes for quilts, I can see where these bags would be used. They may add warmth to a quilt as the weave is open to help trap warm air. (I'm guessing these could be comfortable for a spring/fall quilt or a quilt for southern US winters.)
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    From what I can find on the internet, guano sacks are sacks that fertilizers come in, and apparently people clean them and then use them for all kinds of things. Someday in the future quilters may be searching for them just as we look for old flour bags.

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    That is very unusual. Thanks for sharing!!
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    Well, in the old days, when the pioneers were making quilts, they would often times use leaves, hay and whatever they had on hand to fill the quilts. I guess you can use almost anything for the inside of a quilt, as long as it does fall apart with use.

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    Maybe I'm mixing up names, but isn't bat poo poo called guano?
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    I hope the sacks were WELL washed... I've always thought guano was bat byproducts from eating all the bugs they eat...and it stinks to high heaven!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by countrycousin View Post
    Just when you think you have heard of every type of batting used for quilts, you learn of a new one. Recently a person told me about guana sacks. She said they washed them out and put them in the middle of the quilt. She swears it made for a very warm quilt. Has anyone else heard of this?
    if they are talking about what we called "gunny" sacks, I can't see how anyone would want on near them. For starters, they smell. Another thing, they are very coarsely woven, they might shrink up a bit if washed. But then I can't quite picture them holding together to wash.
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    Well this is news. Guano is indeed poop. If that's the case I've got three dogs making "batting" in my backyard right now. I think I'll pass.
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    Too funny doghousemom!lol
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    The sacks would hold the guano but I would think that she means gunny sacks. My grandmothers used to make lye soap and I image that would take out just about anything. One grandmother lined her mattress with money, as grandfather did not believe in banks. I wonder which one of the relatives got that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by countrycousin View Post
    Just when you think you have heard of every type of batting used for quilts, you learn of a new one. Recently a person told me about guana sacks. She said they washed them out and put them in the middle of the quilt. She swears it made for a very warm quilt. Has anyone else heard of this?
    Interesting. But I don't see the point when there are so many reasonably priced battings available.

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    I'm with you "DogHouseMom". There's lots of dogs around here too............. I think I will continue to purchase the real stuff. If I'm gonna use nice fabrics and spend hours and hours making a quilt, I'll use regular batting so I can be proud of what I make.
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    Very interesting!!!!
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    I also have three " batting " makers. Think I will stick to warm and natural or something cleaner.
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    Come on you dog ladies...it's the bag they used, not the pooo! You gotta bag the poo first and then use it as fertilizer before you can wash the poo bag for your quilt. Too much work for me! I'll just take some nice clean batting. LOL!
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    Have you heard of biddum? It is a "batting like" material that they use when making roads. Some ladies told me they use it in the place of batting. The result is the same but it is much cheaper. Biddum is also used in landscaping - as a sort of lining under pebbels to keep weeds growing between the pebbels. Somebody told me that one of the quilting guilds only use biddum as batting. Sounds better than guana sacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rina View Post
    Have you heard of biddum? It is a "batting like" material that they use when making roads. Some ladies told me they use it in the place of batting. The result is the same but it is much cheaper. Biddum is also used in landscaping - as a sort of lining under pebbels to keep weeds growing between the pebbels. Somebody told me that one of the quilting guilds only use biddum as batting. Sounds better than guana sacks.
    I did google search and didn't find where I can buy it...not sure if the spelling is correct, I keep getting helpful suggestions from Google. Tried several suggestions, found several sites who talk about using it. MIght be fun for my personal crafts to try out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Well this is news. Guano is indeed poop. If that's the case I've got three dogs making "batting" in my backyard right now. I think I'll pass.
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    I will never look at my cats litter box the same...thanks for the chuckle!

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    Too funny, I think I will pass also.
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    I would not use any fertilizer container in my quilts, not knowing what we know about fertilizer ingredients. It doesn't seem to me that you could ever be sure you got all the bad stuff out of them.

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    I looked it up and guana sacks is a mid-west local term for a woven feed stacks that was used in quilting. It was more of a canvas than a burlap as it was closely woven. I think the effect would be somewhat like using a flannel sheet. Where as Guano is a mix of bird and bat refuse that makes a fine fertilizer, all that nitrogen you see. It is mined and shipped all over the world...I do not know if it comes in sacks.
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    Sounds interesting but how many washings would it take to make sure all the guana is gone?

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